Week starting 9 August by Joan Andrews

7 Aug 2020 by William Tibben in: Weekly Prayer

Heavenly Father, it is, the nature of faith, humble, active faith, to be willing to throw oneself into a disorderly world and expect to encounter Jesus there. It is the nature of faith, even little faith, to want to transcend the normal rules and see what possibilities might be brought into being.  It is the nature of faith, to wonder what other supposedly unalterable outcomes Jesus might want us to take part in changing.  It is the nature of faith, even to waver from time to time, when it has stepped into stressful, unfamiliar terrain.

Lord, help us to see with missionary eyes, let us be Your light to the hearts that cry, and bring hope and inspire those who feel alone, to wait, and be still until you show them the Life and the Way.

O God our Healer, as the coronavirus spreads globally, bring healing and comfort for those who are sick, support and protect their families and friends from being infected.  Speed the recovery for all. We especially think of those in Victoria at this very stressful time. Grant us your spirit of love and self-discipline so that we may come together, working to control and eliminate the coronavirus. Make us vigilant, attentive, and proactive Strengthen and encourage those in public health services and in the medical profession, We thank you for all those involved in treating, testing and caring for patients and ask your protection over them as they go about their work. Inspire, give insight and hope to all researchers focused on developing a vaccine. Sustain all workers and business owners who suffer loss of livelihood due to shut-downs, quarantines, closed borders, and other restrictions.  Protect and guard all those who must travel. Give wisdom to governments around the world, as they manage this outbreak. Guide the leaders of the nations that they speak the truth, halt the spread of misinformation and act with justice so that all your family may know healing. Heal our world, heal our bodies, strengthen our hearts and our minds, and in the midst of turmoil, give us hope and peace.  Remind us to always praise you in the storms of life and hold firm to your promises. Fill each and every heart with that trust in your grace that frees us and binds us to you.  Trusting in your great compassion and unconditional promise always to be with us.

God of power and might, your broken world cries out from the depths, a world dominated by the darkness of war, terror, pain and suffering.
We pray for Christians around the world, in countries where the governments are using the Pandemic in an attempt to eliminate Christianity, by refusing aid and food to Christians unless they renounce their faith. We give thanks for the “Pandemic of Hope” currently taking place in Iran as Muslims turn to Christianity. Please give them all perseverance, strength and courage to stand firm in Jesus Christ, who is their hope and salvation, and nothing can separate them from your love.  We also pray that their oppressors would have their hearts and minds softened by the Holy Spirit. May they see your light, feel your strength and power and know the truth of your promise, that we shall not be overcome by the dark shadows of life or the darkness of human nature. Jesus has already overcome sin and death and nothing will defeat him, Christ will not be destroyed. Ever loving God sent out messengers to proclaim your victory over death to the whole world, so that people everywhere hear the good news, and receive eternal life.

God of all creation, you hold the depths of the earth in your hands.
You are closer to us than the air we breathe.  Fill our souls with your wonderful love and light. Give us strength and courage to reflect that love and light in the world.
Let us never shrink back from who we are in you or hide our light inside ourselves. Renew in us a sense of joy.

God our shelter and strength, we pray for our church family here in Northern Illawarra and members who are sick or travelling.  Keep them all safe and give comfort to those in need.  Confident of your care and helped by the Holy Spirit, we pray for the church, the community, the world, and all who are in need. We thank you for the beautiful sunshine and for the recent rains but we also ask for protection to those living along the coast and whose homes are being threatened by the huge waves crashing on the shores.

Merciful God, your reign is revealed to us in common things: the rain, the sunshine, nature. Help your church witness to the surprising yet common ways you encounter us in daily life. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. When your word is opened, it gives light and understanding. You show steadfast love and direct us to ask of you what we need. Help this congregation ask boldly for what is most needed. Refresh us with dreams of being your people in this place and time. We pray for the Joint Nominating Committee members as they prayerfully seek your guidance in taking the next steps in selecting a new minister of the word.

Almighty and eternal God, you are always more ready to hear than we are to pray, and you are eager to give more than we desire or deserve.  Forgive us those things that make our conscience afraid, and give us those things that we are not worthy to ask for, except through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen